AWAI Success Stories

Looking for a little inspiration? Read some of our most recent success stories below.

And if you want to meet some of the AWAI Members who are now living the writer’s life thanks to their hard work and dedicated persistence, be sure and read our case studies.

Living the Writer's Life: EG Orren

EG Orren says the only disaster she hasn’t experienced is a hurricane… But her rise from green newbie to successful copywriter — earning more than $17K in just 10 weeks — feels a bit like one of those awe-inspiring storms. Leaving behind her former career as a concert photographer, EG travels the continent working with music industry clients across four different time zones. Today, she prides herself on being a “consultant” rather than just an “order taker.” If only we had more space to share all of her fantastic adventures…

Living the Writer's Life: Rob Gramer

Sitting around a conference room at his old engineering job was never going to be enough for Rob Gramer. He craved something more… a career where he could engage his curiosity, make serious money, and WIN. Lucky for Rob, he found an early mentor in copywriting legend Mark Ford and was able to build a brand new career. Today, Rob is a successful direct-response copywriter with multiple controls for large companies. Here’s his story…

Living the Writer's Life: Sally Morem

As a child in the 1950s and ’60s, Sally Morem used to watch her father head off to work each day at the Giant Green Company in Le Sueur, Minnesota. She didn’t appreciate it at the time, but her father was deeply involved in creating one of the most famous advertising campaigns in history — the Jolly Green Giant (complete with its deep-throated “Ho! Ho! Ho!”). Today, Sally takes inspiration from her father’s work and helps self-development companies craft their own sales messages. It’s the perfect way to continue her family’s legacy in advertising.

Living the Writer's Life: Elias Christeas

A lot of people are inspired by the movies. But Elias Christeas’ fascination with Indiana Jones taught him to explore, engage with, and discover all that life has to offer. He leveraged his passion for automobiles into a copywriting career where he began breaking sales records within a matter of months. Today, he is happily living his dream writer’s life in Florida with his family. Here is Elias’ story …

Living the Writer's Life: Holly Rhoton

After injury, divorce, and moving homes… it’s been a tough year for Holly Rhoton. But she hasn’t let that get her down. While working full-time as a mammography technician, she’s been building up her side gig as a copywriter and showing her three kids the power of following your dreams. Read on to discover Holly’s simple secret for finding clients and why “it’s okay not to know everything.”

Living the Writer's Life: Michael Carr

Michael Carr had just graduated from high school when he stumbled upon copywriting. Rather than wait until college was complete, he decided to study the craft while going full-time for his degree. He even did a stint as a pizza delivery driver using split tests to earn more tips! Since then, his writer’s life has taken him from Baltimore to Lake Tahoe, Iceland, Spain, and now Poland. Through it all, Michael continues to “up” his game and get stronger results for his clients.

Living the Writer's Life: Zoe Blarowski

When people ask Zoe Blarowski about her new career, she simply says, “I write for websites.” But really, her copywriting career is about much more than that. It’s a career path that has helped her stop “punching the clock” and given her the chance to run her own successful business. It also allows her the flexibility to be there for her young family so they can go on family vacations… complete with camp stove tacos! Check out Zoe’s story below and learn the resources she used to build her career, and her thoughts on SEO as a skill set for writers.

Living the Writer's Life: Joel Boomer

Joel Boomer’s love affair with the South American country of Colombia started back in 2015. At first, he just visited to perfect his Spanish. But then, he met his fiancée and decided it was time to put down some serious roots. For Joel, copywriting in the financial niche has been the perfect fit to support his expat lifestyle. In this interview, Joel talks about his experience working within an agency.

Living the Writer's Life: Susan Greene

When Susan Greene graduated from college with a BS in journalism, a career in copywriting seemed like a natural path. But actually, her passion for writing was born more than a decade earlier — starting with a simple poem sent into a comic book contest. In this interview, Susan tells the story of how one woman can go from a $3 contest prize to a lifetime of “figuring it out later” and living on her own terms.

Living the Writer's Life: Janet Davis

Janet Davis’s path to writing was clouded with nonbelievers… but somehow, she kept finding her way back to her first passion. Or perhaps you could say writing found her. She’s now forging a path unlike any other writer’s journey, which is exactly the way it should be in the world of Barefoot Writing.

Read more success stories …